We have some very good news to report, indeed. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Menhaden Board voted to implement a 20% reduction in menhaden harvest starting in 2013. CCA-Maine delivered verbal testimony at a public hearing back in October and submitted written testimony in support of drastic measures aimed at replenishing menhaden stocks which had plummeted to their lowest level in recorded history. Below is a formal statement from CCA regarding ASMFC’s vote on the matter.
December 14, 2012
CCA Statement on Action Taken Today by the ASMFC Menhaden Management Board:
CCA has been fighting this fight for 20 years as Atlantic menhaden have always been one of the most important species in the ocean to CCA. The action taken today is an historical victory for recreational anglers, conservation-minded citizens and the most important fish in the sea – menhaden. For the first time ever, the Atlantic menhaden fishery is finally being managed. The key in today’s action is that the ASMFC made a decision to manage menhaden as part of an ecosystem rather than solely as a food fish. This philosophy is a major step forward for improving the marine ecosystem for anglers from Maine to Florida. It also is an approach that should be followed by decision-makers as they determine the best way to restore and protect marine resources.